- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Assembly has voted to take the first step to eliminate the job of state treasurer.

Republican backers of the constitutional amendment passed Tuesday say it makes state government smaller. Duties of the office have been reduced in recent years and the treasurer now has only one responsibility left.

But critics say getting rid of the elected position now held by Republican Kurt Schuller would give more power to the executive branch and make government less accountable to voters.

The Assembly passed the proposal on a bipartisan 67-32 vote.

Constitutional amendments must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a voter referendum. The soonest the treasurer’s office could be abolished is June 2019.

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